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Charming, insightful and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story, by famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, shows the reader the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood and passion, and in the author's skilled hands, the story and the man come fully and dramatically alive.

Mary Higgins Clark's interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called "Portrait of a Patriot," vignettes of American presidents. Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel -- her first book -- and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, which was the family motto of George Washington's mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969. Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title, Mount Vernon Love Story.

In researching George Washington's life, Mary Higgins Clark was surprised to find the engaging man behind the pious legend. He was a giant of a man in every way, starting with his physical height. In an era when men averaged five foot seven inches, he towered over everyone at six foot three. He was the best dancer in the colony of Virginia. He was also a master horseman, which was why the Indians gave him their highest compliment: "He rides his horse like an Indian." She dispels the widespread belief that although George Washington married an older woman, a widow, his true love was Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend's wife. Martha Dandridge Custis was older, but only by three months - she was 27 to his 26 when they met. Mary Higgins Clark describes their relationship from their first meeting, their closeness and his tenderness toward her two children.

Martha shared his life in every way, crossing the British lines to join him in Boston and enduring with him the bitter hardship of the winter in Valley Forge. As Lad...

©2008 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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Loved it, lots of research has gone into the story

I was really sad when it finished. The people all came to life in the book, but then they died all over again.
I would like to have had more reasons to like MCW, (I am related to her!), but I felt cross with her the whole time, I was hoping to find more tenderness and passion in her, but was to be disappointed. Beautifully written, I will go back to it again, when I can bear it.

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  • Barbara P. Kelly
  • 26-12-18

This was So much better!

I never would have thought! everyone should listen to this. It was awesome. It grabbed your attention. It was interesting and gave you a glimpse into Washington's humanity.

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  • Gloria A. Edmark
  • 24-07-16

Mary Higgins Clark

Another excellent book by Mary Higgins Clark. The audible is an excellent way to listen to the book without carrying the book with me.

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  • Marilyn
  • 30-01-13

I enjoyed the book.

I enjoyed the love story of Geoge and Martha Washington. Just a great lite read.

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  • LindaH
  • 11-07-22

Love a love story

Read for a book club. Very enjoyable book. Ms Clark and the narrator make the real life characters real life people, not just historical figures in portraits and on coins

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-01-22

A Beautiful Read

Thoroughly historical and a story told so beautifully. Such an ensightful peek into this man's life and the woman in his life. His humility and honesty with self is touching. Thank you for writing this story, rhe world is a better place with books such as these.

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  • Richard
  • 20-11-21

Very enjoyable!

I loved this book. What a great love story. Mrs Higgins has given imaginative depth to people who often seem like a little unreal. I'm so glad I got to enjoy it. I've read a number of Washington biographies that I loved, but none I enjoyed more.

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  • binderc
  • 02-07-21

Loved the story.

This was an amazing experience. Something you don't hear about in the history books.

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  • Eaglebeauties
  • 09-03-20

Beautiful

I listened to this book right after visiting Mount Vernon. I believe this is probably as correct a story as far as the love between Martha and George Washington as we could possibly get, considering she burned all of her letters that she and George had written to each other except to that they found. It was a beautiful book and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am a history nerd and know a great deal about history.

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  • David B.
  • 17-11-18

A deeper look at Washington

A moving and emotional perspective that peels the layers of the presumed and statued hero of our country. I only wish it was longer.